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"I did it only because I heard that this way you could get asylum," says an asylum seeker who claimed to have committed acts of violence in order to obtain asylum here in Germany. Cases in which refugees claimed to have committed acts of violence or were supporters of terrorist organizations were frequently repeated.

These cases have prompted the German public prosecutor's office, since 2018, to initiate hundreds of preliminary investigations to verify the claims of refugees who said they committed serious violence in their home country or claimed to be members of terrorist organizations. As confirmed by judicial circles in a poll conducted on the Internet by the site "Focus" German.

As for the aim of asylum seekers through these allegations, it is to ensure that they are not deported or even have access to asylum in Germany. Their argument is that they are threatened with retaliation for their previous acts.

Self-reporting without proof!

According to the language of the figures, the Public Prosecutor's Office in the German city of Sele, the office responsible for all terrorist investigations in Lower Saxony, has received about 560 cases of self-report by asylum seekers, of which 110 cases this year. In Frankfurt, more than 170 such cases were registered in 2018. The number of self-reported cases in Dusseldorf was only 80.

According to several investigators, most of the self-reported cases are asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Turkey, Nigeria and Liberia, who claim to be supporters of terrorist organizations such as Da'ash, the Taliban, Buko Haram, the Nasra and the PKK.

None of the refugees substantiates his claim, as the Prosecutor General Bernd Kulmayer asserts. "We have not received documents proving their allegation, such as judgments or indictments from their own countries."

Local case-by-case cases are examined by local prosecutors. One third of the cases are transferred to the Federal Prosecution Office in Karlsruhe. It is responsible for most possible criminal offenses, such as suspected membership in a terrorist organization or suspected violations of international law. If the criminal offense is assessed as "not serious" it will be returned to the local prosecutor's office for decision.

Natalie Bossios, spokeswoman for BAMF (Federal Office for Migration and Asylum), confirmed that there were cases in which asylum seekers provided "information about serious crimes that they took part in", they claim. "In such cases, we send the information to the competent law enforcement agencies," Posinius said in an exclusive statement to the German Focus website.

Deutschland Symbolbild Identitätsprüfung von Flüchtlingen (picture-alliance / dpa / U. Anspach)

Proving the identity of the applicant is necessary for a positive outcome

Some self-condemnations are unconvincing

It is therefore necessary to verify the authenticity of the self-reporting provided by some asylum seekers, which is done by investigators, "there is a justified reason, to make sure the accuracy of the allegations made by these persons," says Kolkmir. "During the investigation, the asylum seeker admitted that he had fabricated his story on the advice of the smuggler, in order to influence the process of determining refugee status," the lawyer from Lower Saxony said.

There is no doubt that self-reporting is not as easy as some refugees think. According to Daniel Folmertuho of the Prosecutor's Office in Dusseldorf, there are some cases that are unconvincing and even the crimes that asylum seekers claim to have committed are not "serious" Refuting their statements, asserting that they resort to self-reporting "because they heard that this helps them to obtain asylum."

Legal Consequences

Some asylum-seekers may believe that self-reporting ensures them stay in Germany, but Bamf's spokeswoman stresses that refugees who resort to this method and claim to have committed acts of violence and serious crimes in their country such as war crimes or crimes against humanity as serious non-political crimes, "These cases do not get international protection," says Pamineus spokeswoman Posenos.

It should be noted that according to German law every asylum seeker who presents himself to legal accountability, becomes an accused and is prosecuted. According to the Focus website, the Supreme Administrative Court of Dresden, for example, issued in 2017 a suspended sentence for one year and 10 months on a young Syrian claimed to be a member of a terrorist organization, but was unable to prove his claims.

In general, it is not possible to determine the high number of self-reporting cases by asylum-seekers throughout Germany. The reason is that many German prosecutors do not keep statistics on the phenomenon. In addition, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has not shown any striking figures on the extent to which asylum seekers belong to terrorist organizations. The BAMF (Federal Office for Migration and Asylum) is the first department to inquire whether an asylum seeker has links to terrorist organizations.

It is noteworthy that the judicial authorities do not yet have confirmed numbers, about people who have been reported and prosecuted and deported to their country.

Dalin validity / immigrant News

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